Opening Third Eye (Ajna) Chakra Meditation Technique for Psychic Powers

Chakra Meditation to Open Third Eye

AUM Meditation

The third meditation we will explore in the Free Online Guided Meditation E-Book is a widely used and accepted method for opening, activating and balancing the mysterious and powerful Ajna Chakra (Third Eye).  It is the the potent AUM Mantra meditation technique.

Video of AUM Meditation to Open Third Eye Chakra

(From Chapter 1 of the Guided Meditation Video Series for Daily Practice:- AUM Meditation to Rapidly Open Third Eye)


Background of Ajna Chakra Meditation: 

The Ajna Chakra is the sixth chakra of the Kundalini Seven Chakra System.  A chakra is an energy vortex which resides in a particular location of the body and governs the organs and glands of that region.  A Chakra is also associated with certain traits and characteristics of the personality and forms a bridge between mind, body and spirit. 

The Ajna Chakra or Third Eye, eye lies at the very top of spine in the medulla oblongata.  It relates to the pituitary gland, the pineal gland, the nasociliary nerve plexus and frontal lobes of the brain.

Chakra Meditation means to activate and balance a particular chakra, thus improving the functioning of everything in that particular region as well as refining the associated personality traits and characteristics.  In some cases psychic powers associated with a particular chakra are also unleashed.

Ajna Chakra literally mean “To Command”.  This chakra is also called the “Third Eye” as it’s activation gives one the power of intuitive knowledge.  In addition, it is called the “Guru Chakra” as its activation connects one to the “Inner Guru”.  Similarly, it is also called “Eye of Shiva” or “The Divine Eye” for it’s awakening implies the higher stages of meditation and wisdom. 

Each chakra can be activated by several means.  In this meditation we will use the physical trigger point of the chakra (kshetram) as a point of concentration to activate it.  In addition, each chakra is associated with a particular seed sound (Beej Mantra) which can be utilized to awaken it.   For the Ajan Chakra the Beej Mantra is the primordial sound “OM” (AUM) and this meditation will be using that as well.

Tools Required:

  • An alarm clock, stop watch or other time device.


Primary Benefits: 

  • Builds the power of intuition.
  • Bestows and increases Psychic Powers.
  • Increases and refines awareness.
  • Provides clarity of thought, insights and wisdom.
  • Allows one to connect to the “inner guru” or “higher self” for guidance and inspiration.
  • Builds the Yogic Mind or Neutral Mind which is free from attachments of the ego.
  • Build the power to read others and detect their subtle and gross energetic conditions.
  • Promotes flow of Kundalini Energy into the higher centers.

Secondary Benefits: 

  • Promotes the ability to have Lucid Dreams.
  • Allows for non-verbal communication.
  • Builds focus and one pointedness of the mind.
  • Improves your vision.
  • Promotes health and wellbeing.

Cautions for Practicing Third Eye Meditation:

Do not strain when holding shambhavi yoga mudra (detailed below).


AUM Mantra Meditation Instructions: 

Follow the step by step meditation below to practice this technique:

  • Sit in a comfortable cross legged position.  You may also sit on a chair or lean against a wall for this meditation.
  • Set your alarm or other time device for 20 minutes.
  • Elongate your spine upwards, lengthen your neck and subtly bring your chin back and in, like a soldier at attention.  This will align the spine with the back of your head.
  • Take 5 deep, slow breaths though the nose.  This will oxygenate your blood and relax you.
  • Keeping the head straight look up at an imaginary point in the middle of your forehead, just above the eyebrows.  This eye position is called shambhavi yoga mudra.  Close your eyes while holding this mudra.  Do not strain excessively.
  • Rest your hands in any comfortable position, you can place them on your knees.
  • Try to remain as still as possible.
  • Now inhale deeply and begin to chant in a soft, slow, steady voice the manta OM (pronounced AUM).  One chant of OM (AUM) Mantra should last for the entire exhalation.  Its a long “Oh”, followed by a semi long “Mmmm” during each exhalation.  Once all the air has been expelled, inhale fully again and begin to chant the mantra once more.  Visualize the OM sound coming from a point in the middle of the forehead just above the eyebrows and emanating throughout your entire body.
  • Continue for the duration of the meditation.  If your eyes tire from shambhavi yoga mudra release the mudra but continue to chant the OM (AUM) mantra as above.  Reapply the mudra again when ready.
  • Once you have completed the meditation, rub the palms of your hands together to make them warm and place them on your eyes as you open them slowly.  This will relax and comfort your eye muscles.

Hints and Tips for AUM Mantra Meditation:

  • There are many variations to OM (AUM) Mantra chanting for the activation of Ajna Chakra.  I will provide a variation that only requires silently chanting OM Mantra and therefore can be practiced almost anywhere.  Follow all steps from the guided meditation above except instead of chanting OM (AUM) Mantra out loud, as you inhale chant “Oh” silently, while visualizing the sound flowing into Ajna Chakra from your forehead and then silently chant “Mmmm” as you exhale, visualizing the sound leaving your forehead from Ajna Chakra.  The rest is the same as the meditation above.

Secret of This Meditation:

Many women today are actually practicing Ajna Chakra Meditation without even knowing it.  This is resulting from the tradition of wearing a bindi.  A bindi is the colorful decorative dot placed in the middle of the forehead and was designed originally to provide continual stimulation to Ajna Chakra by way of its Kshetram (physical trigger point).  So next time you wear a bindi, remember that not only does it look oh so fine, but it is also raising your level of awareness and consciousness – not bad for a dot.

Internet Resources for Ajna Chakra Meditation

Ajna Chakra Definition and Information

Yoga Vision Swami Satyananda’s School for Kundalini Yoga & Kundalini Tantra

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  1. Bhavin
    Bhavin says:

    hello, Anmol
    Thanks for sharing all precious info through this wonderful website.
    I have a little problem with “opening the third eye chakra meditation”
    Whenever I practice this meditation with Sambhavi Mudra even for 5 minutes, I get very angry & irritated within next few minutes. I have tried it so many times but same results all the time. Its not jst my belief but its my experience.
    Can you please guide me abt it ?
    I would like to tell you bit more that before trying this meditation I had tried soft gazing for this 6 months ago. But I left it as I used to get very angry soon after using that too.
    Thank You,

  2. Andrew
    Andrew says:

    Hello Anmol, thank you very very much for your help, in our city yoga practice is a extremly rare thing, almost no one do that (instead of that we have stupid karate…) and only my ability to learn yoga i think is here, from you :) I`m reading your articles every day and commenting them, they are very interesting and it is best material about yoga i`ve ever seen! Everything is detailed, and easy to understand, i`ve read the yoga poses for a beginners, there is pretty much benefits from them! Thank you again, i`ll read about the SM meditation right now :) :)

    All the best,

  3. Anmol Mehta
    Anmol Mehta says:

    Hi Andrew,

    1. No don’t stop your breath forcefully, it will though stop (or get very slow) on its own due to the intensity of the meditation.

    2. Yes you experienced an opening, it is best to view it as a reward and an inspiration for you to continue on. When ready you can try the Silent Mind Meditation Technique as well.


  4. Andrew
    Andrew says:

    I`m very sorry, but i`ve felt something (pressure in the 3rd eye region) at least 2-3 years ago and this feeling repeats, and nothing bad happens :)

  5. Andrew
    Andrew says:

    Hi Anmol! Thank you for such a good advise, i`ll follow it and try to reveal my potential at 100 percent! I have a question about meditation, when i`m meditating i must stop my breath? Beacause, when i`ve meditated two–three days ago, suddenly, after 15-25 minutes of meditation, with eyes closed and thoughts wiped out, i`ve noticed that somehow, my eyes were at the same level with my nose, and in the next moment i felt a light, that came from above into my head! That was WOW feeling – calm, peaceful, and other… very good it was, but light as i thinked come down to my head, and after that somehow stopped (or not) at the neck region.
    I`ve a question about this, this is good? And how i can advance to the deeper states of meditation?
    And if you don`t mind, what happens with me in that state?

    All the best,

  6. Anmol Mehta
    Anmol Mehta says:

    Hi Tarun,

    It is an invitation from beyond to start your meditation and yoga practice… that’s how I see it. The sensation is not uncommon with those who are spiritually inclined. Welcome.


  7. Anmol Mehta
    Anmol Mehta says:

    Hi Andrew,

    With Ajna Chakra, you have to be careful. If you experience massive expansion or enormous pressure here (like a balloon expanding fast and pushing out the mind), then stop. Other than that, you want to have a balanced system with no center over activated.

    Don’t rush with Chakra Meditations, slow, steady and smart is the best approach.


  8. tarun
    tarun says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your womderful wisdom wiith all of us!
    Well, about me, I never particularly did any meditation ofor the thrid eye. But froma past few months, I’m having intense ‘pressing sensation’ in the third eye region.
    What do you think is the cause of this?
    Tarun Gidwani

  9. Andrew
    Andrew says:

    Hello Anmol!
    I`m trying to practice this meditation, the length of meditation affect the speed of 3rd eye awakening? And when i`ve read the other ways of awakening the 3rd eye, i`ve noticed that that must be done with caution.i`ve a question, why this is dangerous and how i`ll know about my chakras, i mean their current status – awakened or not? I`m 18 years old and very want to learn this, especially after i`ve noticed that i can move the objects not using a hand and using my energy and concentration. Can you advice me something? I do not know, perhaps i`m trying to rush everything, but i`ve many questions that i want to ask, especially one about meditation, can i ask it?

  10. Anmol Mehta
    Anmol Mehta says:

    Hey Matrix,

    I believe the sound you have indicated is essentially quite similar. The “ooooooohhhhhhh” part is what is elongated, so in “thooooooh”, and AUM pronounced “ooooooooooomm” you will get very similar affects. The rules with chakra seed sounds and colors, leaves room for individual variations, so use the version that you feel works well for you.

    The “thoh” sound is similar to what the Tibetan Monks use, I like it.


  11. the matrix
    the matrix says:

    hi!thank you for your response,but i found this 3 eye meditation technique in this site .they suggest to use the “thoh” sound pronounced toe.i found that this works more better than “aum” sound.what do you think of that sound and do you recommend that sound to for me to work with or “aum” more?

    thank you.amazing site you have built here.keep up the good work.

  12. Anmol Mehta
    Anmol Mehta says:

    Hi Matrix,

    It depends on how closed it is. In general you will start to know it is activating as sensations begin to arise in the forehead region. Later, intuition and insight will indicate that the center is truly open and awakened.


  13. naman
    naman says:

    i wish to ask the thing that if i continue with the practices as i told earlier will those be sufficient to awake and raise kundalini or i have to add someother practices too if yes than which one.

  14. Anmol Mehta
    Anmol Mehta says:

    Dear Naman,

    You are doing a very good practice, keep going without concern for results. Those are in the hands of the Lord.

    Kundalini can be awakened without need for any such currents or sensations, although that is uncommon.

    Heat or other sensation is a common sign when doing Ajna Chakra meditations. There is no need for concern. Just don’t overdo it, and listen to your body and inner voice for guidance.

    All Good Wishes,


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